Club Night, Set Subject Print Competitions - Tuesday 23rd January 2018.

On Tuesday 23rd January 2018, Morpeth Camera Club welcomed Bill Broadley, a member of Blyth Photographic Society to
announce the results of the Set Subject Print Competitions. In two categories, People on the Street in Monochrome & Still
Life in Colour, Bill stated that he had expected a high standard of prints from Morpeth members and was not disappointed,
as he had great difficulty selecting his award winners. On judging the prints his main criteria was, adhering to the brief,
use of good cropping, contrast and composition together with crispness and clarity.

In the Monochrome section which had thirty five entries, the prints included street entertainers at the Edinburgh Fringe,
scenes taken in Vietnam and at Beamish, people using their mobile phones, using umbrellas in the rain and people tucking
into lunch on benches. Bill continued with suggested tips on street photography; if possible achieve eye contact with the
subject to create a connection, eliminate objects which are not relevant, and to try to leave a space for people to walk into.
Highly commended awards went to Davy Bolam for Entertaining the Crowd which Bill admired for the expressions of the
onlookers faces; Sue Dawson with Caffeine and Tabs Diet, which told a story and prompted curiosity; to Steve McDonald
for Beware the Plunger of Doom, a graffiti based shot which Bill said was well thought through, and Glyn Trueman’s Three
Mobiles,a graphic scene, of three people on mobile phones with a backdrop of iron panels.

Fifth place went to Paul Appleby with Pause in the Flow for Snapshot, a man taking a photo of his children, with varying levels
of movement in others in shot but which retained razor sharpness where needed and had great tones which were lifted by the
use of metallic paper. In fourth place was Davy Bolam with Street Performer, Human Statue, which he found intriguing and
together with its excellent tones, Bill said he could almost feel the texture of the highly detailed face. Scam Donors by Steve
McDonald was awarded third place, a documentary photograph of a man in sharp detail in the rain with a newspaper on his
head, surrounded by a suggestion of other people around him. At the Sign of the Cordwainer also by Steve, came second; a
couple in the rain drew one into the scene, Bill said, with great depth and light which he described as a technically good print.
Bill then declared the winner of the Monochrome section of the Set Subject competition, Sue Dawson with The Look of Love in
Your Eyes. Graffiti daubed walls and steps leading to a subway led the viewer down to musicians playing and a couple gazing
at each other which he admired for its crisp tones and in his opinion best fitted his criteria.

1st. 2nd. 3rd.

The Colour Section which had twenty six entries, included an abandoned umbrella, WWI memorabilia, floral and fruit displays,
an abstract tambourine shot with bokeh effect, a bad pencil with shavings and broken lead remains, abstract red peppers and
a glass vase trio in filtered turquoise and pink. Bill offered advice on depth of field, grouping and considered shaping of objects, especially with flowers, adding that he appreciated the very good ideas and images which were of a very high standard. He then announced the Highly Commended prints; Davy Bolam’s Simple Study, a bottle, fruit and flowers in orange and brown which he
admired for its watercolour effect; Beach Pebbles by Steve McDonald, pebbles stacked to form a triangular shape with a colour
popped brown leaf, held Bills attention to its simplicity; Light and Shadow by Davy Bolam, a study of an apple and pear which
was liked for its textures, colours and clarity, and Glyn Trueman’s Boiled Egg; a boiled egg supported by tines of two forks
linked together, all reflected in perfect symmetry.

Fifth place went to Dave Bisset with Three Feathers, three detailed peacock feathers, perfectly focussed in good light which Bill
described as technically spot on. Pomodori by Sue Dawson was placed fourth, with a can of tomatoes with the contents flying out
which the judge described as very clever and creative and had a great sense of movement; Glossy Cherries by Paul Appleby was awarded third place, a tightly cropped group of dew laden cherries which Bill said looked so juicy he could eat them and with a
great use of depth of field. Three Fruits by Sue Dawson, was given 2nd place, Bill describing it as a piece of artwork with a pear,
mango and halved kiwi fruit simply presented with great use of shape and form. Bill then announced the winner of the Colour
Section Still Life as Sue Dawson with Cheese and Wine Party which he felt as soon as it came out of the box that it was a winner
with all the elements tying together, perfectly exposed, razor sharp, Bill said that it had the quality of a magazine illustration.

1st. 2nd. 3rd.

Club Chairman, Mark Harrison, thanked Bill for taking the time to judge and for his technical advice throughout the evening
after which members enjoyed viewing the collection of prints over coffee.